October 4, 2011
With New Year's Eve just a month away, we asked our staff about the pros and cons of the night. Here's what they had to say. •••• Best: There's almost always an awesome party to attend. Worst: There's yet another night that Ryan Seacrest is on TV. Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun •••• Worst is hats. And drunk people. Best is drunken people in hats. Anne Tallent, editor, b •••• Best: Getting to use a new calendar.
December 23, 1999
There is one sure bet about Y2K -- it is costing a fortune.Exterminating the Y2K bug from the nation's private and government computers between 1995 and 2001 is expected to cost $100 billion, according to a Commerce Department estimate.Costs to the federal government are expected to reach $8.4 billion, and state budget analysts put Maryland's tab at $150 million.The cost might translate into higher taxes, electric bills, hospital rates and phone bills and increased fees for the services of bankers, investment brokers and other computer-oriented businesses.
December 31, 2004
There are certain types of people who are drawn to Times Square on New Year's Eve - tourists, college students, frostbite enthusiasts and those who enjoy standing pressed against strangers for hour after excruciating hour. This year you can add one more group to the list - the men who would be Dick Clark. With the world's oldest living teenager sidelined by a stroke, the wannabes are scrambling to show America they can carry Clark's torch, while the networks see a chance to establish new New Year's traditions.
December 27, 2001
THIS New Year's Eve, celebrate community spirit and take in the arts. From a figure-skating exhibition, a MasqueParade with giant papier-mache puppets and fireworks at the edge of Baltimore's Inner Harbor to an arts "odyssey" in Annapolis that features more than 200 acts and culminates with a laser-light tribute to America, there'll be plenty to entertain you and your family at public celebrations ushering in the year 2002. "Now more than ever is a time for families to celebrate life by being together for the holidays, to reflect on the past and to move forward in a positive way," says Janice Gary, executive director of First Night Annapolis.
December 26, 1999
You knew something was wrong when the news stories began appearing about the millennium clocks. Some post offices took them out because the tick, tick, ticking of the days, hours, minutes and seconds till Jan. 1, 2000, was upsetting people waiting in line. Instead of getting excited about the biggest celebration in a thousand years, customers were reminded that their lives were running out.Think about it. We're about to leave "our" century and enter the century we're going to die in.Feeling better now?
October 14, 2009
Each Wednesday we'll bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest is center Matt Birk, who has anchored an offensive line that has helped the Ravens rank fifth in the NFL in total offense, sixth in rushing and eighth in sacks allowed. Birk, a former Viking, addresses returning to Minnesota as an opponent, developing chemistry with his current offensive linemates, and becoming a fan of coffee. Question: Can you describe your emotions about visiting the Minnesota Vikings in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for the first time as an opponent?